The following are highlights from the January 10, Sparks City Council Meeting.
- Sparks City Council proclaimed January 2022 as National Radon Action Month, encouraging residents to test their homes for radon and mitigate elevated levels.
- Boards and Commissions Vacancy Announcements. To submit an application, go to www.cityofsparks.us/getinvolved.
- Three vacancies on the Sparks Senior Citizens Advisory Committee for Wards 2, 3 and 4 alternate positions. Each vacancy is coterminous with the appointing elected official. Applicants must be Sparks residents, preferably age 55 or older. Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 14, 2022, at 5 p.m.
- The Council heard a presentation from the Nevada Western Heritage Center Alliance on its proposal for the future of the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center.
- Council confirmed Mayor Ed Lawson’s appointment of Shirle Eiting to the office of Sparks Municipal Court Judge, Department 1 following the Honorable Judge Barbara McCarthy’s retirement earlier this month. Sparks Municipal Court Judge Jim Spoo administered the Oath of Office to Judge Eiting.
- The Council accepted a $27,000.00 reimbursement from Washoe County 911 surcharge funds for the purchase of First Due software for Sparks Fire Department pre-planning and emergency response.
- Sparks City Council accepted a $500,000.00 U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program grant for Federal Fiscal Year 2021, with City matching of approximately $1,660,000.00 over four years.
- Council approved a $396,950.64 purchase high security, safety barricades and bollards for the FY22 Downtown Safety Barricades Project – Phase 2 for special event safety and security.
- The Council approved a master license agreement with Crown Castle to address the construction, installation ad operation of small wireless facilities within the City of Sparks right-of-way. This agreement is intended to address and comply with recent Federal Communications Commission orders and directives and related court rulings regarding the deployment of small cell and 5G technologies.
- Council directed special counsel to file an appeal on behalf of the City of Sparks concerning the United States District Court for the District of Nevada’s denial of a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Sparks Police Officer George Forbush.